A partnership for the ages
Fifteen years into their remarkable partnership, with their fourth Super Bowl crown secured in dramatic style, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have no plans to slow down.
"I'm still in the midst of my career," the 37-year-old Brady said, not ready to talk about his place in National Football League (NFL) history.
"I just love the game. I love playing. I love representing our team."
In a league whose salary cap discourages dynasty building and promotes parity, Brady and Belichick have endured to become arguably the most successful coach-quarterback pairing in history.
With their 28-24 come-from-behind triumph over Seattle in the NFL's title showpiece on Sunday, the Patriots ended a 10-year title drought, easing the bitter memories of two Super Bowl losses to the New York Giants in that span.
They also denied the Seahawks the second straight Super Bowl crown that would have established a young Seattle team as the NFL's newest dynasty.
It was an impressive end to a season in which Brady and the Patriots looked to be showing their age, and accusations of cheating in the "Deflategate" controversy dredged up memories of the 2007 "Spygate" illegal videotaping affair for which Belichick and New England were punished.
With the NFL still probing whether the Patriots purposely used under-inflated footballs to gain an edge in a playoff win over Indianapolis, Brady said he's not concerned if the issue will shadow his achievements.
"I just haven't had much thought into that," he said.
The Patriots will have to wait for the ritual victory parade at home as Boston will delay the Super Bowl salute, after Mayor Marty Walsh decided to push the event back a day (to tomorrow, Singapore time) because of a snowstorm pounding the city.
Thousands of fans are expected to turn out to see star quarterback Brady and Malcolm Butler, the rookie who snagged a last-minute interception to secure Sunday's victory over Seattle. - AFP.